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Karen

I just loved this book, too, Danielle. A totally satisfying comfort read. Now you're inspired me to root through my overcrowded shelves to find my copy -- I could use some time in a comfy armchair myself!

Marg

I am pretty sure I read Pilcher books years ago, but I can't remember anything of them. Might be time to revisit.

Dorothy W.

This sounds like fun. I can see how satisfying it would be to read 1,000 pages of interesting story and well-described characters in a historical setting that is interesting and accurately captured. That sounds like perfect comfort reading all right!

OolooKitty

I love this book so much. I also love her book "The Shell Seekers", which also takes place partly during the war, and has similarly awesomely great characters. But this is the one I return to and reread when I need a good comfort book!

iliana

Isn't it funny how some big books are so daunting and others not so much? I've never read a Pilcher book, I guess I just assumed they were all romances! I think I need to add this book to my list :)

Table Talk

Pilcher is an author I would never have dreamed of thinking about reading, but you've made me realize that I am passing her by without good reason. Would you say this is a good place to start or are there others I ought to consider first?

litlove

It's ages since I read anything by Pilcher, but she really is a wonderfully comforting writer. I think The Shell Seekers will always be my favourite.

Cornflower

I read her years ago and remember enjoying her books very much indeed.

Rachel

I read all her novels in my early teens because they were favourites of my mum's and we didn't have many other books in the house! I agree with you that they're not chick lit - they're fantastic and should be more widely read.

Aren't they the ultimate comfort reads? You should get Coming Home on DVD - they did a great adaptation back in the 90s with Joanna Lumley, Emily Mortimer, Paul Bettany, and even a young Keira Knightley! You can buy it. In fact, that reminds me that I want it...I should get it for my mum for Christmas then borrow it!

FleurFisher

Rosamunde Pilcher is a wonderful storyteller and I am so pleased that she is getting more attention. And she captures my bit of Cornwall wonderfully. I hope you make it here one day!

Sakura

I remember reading and absolutely loveing The Shell Seekers when I was at boarding school - I found it in the library one winter evening. And I also recall Coming Home was on telly a few years ago which was beautiful to watch.

Darlene

I love books like that! They have a way of hypnotizing me and the phone ringing or a car honking zaps me back into reality. I'll have to keep this one in mind when in the second-hand shops, it sounds like a gem.

Lindymc

I read this book years ago and don't remember any details, but I know I loved it, recommended it to others, and got positive feedback from them. Great book!

cathy

I found this book at the back of a shelf not long ago; the shelves are all 2 layers deep and the back ones tend to get left alone. I loved The Shell Seekers years ago, so will definitely enjoy this one too. Thanks for mentioning it.

catharina

I am afraid Coming Home will always be connected to the endless very, very, very bad cold I suffered, but how that book lifted my spirits. Now I seem to come back to Rosamunde Pilcher at least once a year.

Debby

One day I must read her books -- so many people have recommended her to me. It's too bad she retired since she was so talented a writer!

sherry

Read this year and years ago, loved it , but don't remember it now. Great to have a comfort read lined up for when it's needed. Thank you.

Val

Gosh that was a lovely review, she is a good writer isn't she. I wish I could write an informative and interesting review..it's a skill I don't have yet but perhaps with practise....
Anyway if someone is looking to try RP and doesn't wish to start with a lovely fat read but just wishes to dip their toes in and test the water, so to speak...
"The Blue Bedroom" is a nice collection of short stories.
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Bedroom-Other-Stories/dp/0312926286

Tara

Goodness, I know I read this when it came out - I own it in hardcover, but I don't remember a thing about it! I think that like you, these sorts of books are simply my perfect comfort read. This is going to have to be a re-read for me, as well as The Shellseekers.

Kari

I would've never picked up this book, in judgment of its cover. You made me want to read it, though, just for the "contented sigh" I'd feel at the end. Great review!

Stephanie

I love Rosamunde Pilcher -- not only for her story telling, but her writing -- she knows how to write! There are paragraphs in this novel that I read over just to enjoy the way she uses words.

Stefanie

What fun this sounds! I know what you mean about some huge books being daunting and others you just leap into without a second thought. I have a couple of those daunting books languishing by my bedside!

Cath

This one sounds wonderful. Added to the list...

Danielle

Karen--It's a favorite of mine, too and was a very satisfying reread!
Marg--I was surprised by how little I remembered, but it made it a nice reading experience--almost like a first time picking up the book!
Dorothy--It was so good I'm a little afraid to pick up any of her other books that I've not read for fear they won't be quite as good! It was a nice book to settle down with and escape into!
Oolookitty--This is my favorite as well. I also read The Shell Seekers and enjoyed it, but I loved this one.
Iliana--Do give her a try--this is a wonderful story if you like the period and setting. And her books do have a touch of romance, but I think I'd just consider them straightforward fiction.
Table Talk--If you just want a good book to pass an afternoon, something enjoyable and engrossing, I do recommend her. If you want something a little shorter try The Shell Seekers which is also good, but this is my favorite. To be honest I only have read the two novels, but I also have one called September on hand. It's not necessarily highbrow fiction but she's a good writer and I think you might enjoy her.
Litlove--A good friend recommend The Shell Seekers for ages to me and when I finally read it I loved it too. I think I like Coming Home a tad better, but when it comes to comfort reads you really can't miss with Rosamund Pilcher!
Cornflower--I think she might live in Scotland now? I know some of her books are set there--she is indeed enjoyable!
Rachel--I think the covers are a bit misleading. I'm glad she's still in print, though, since it'e been a while since she retired. She must still be popular and from the looks of how many comments I've gotten on this post, lots of people like her! I've been a little afraid of watching the addaptation--thinking it wouldn't live up to the book, but perhaps I'll see if Netflix has it and give it a try if you liked it!
Fleur Fisher--The setting was a big part of why I decided to pick it up again this summer and I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed it at least as much as I did the first time around--maybe even more!
Sakura--I enjoyed Shell Seekers as well and will have to dig my copy of that out as well. I may have to give the film of Coming Home a try now that I've heard good things about it.
Darlene--I think you'd like it. I'm sure you'll come across a copy of it at some point. It's a long one but once you get into it, you're glued to the end.
Lindymc--I thought I would remember more details, but it was almost like I had never read it. A bit scary how much a book fades from mind, but it means I can do lots of rereading! :)
Cathy--So I'm not the only one whose shelves are completley crammed full? If you enjoyed The Shell Seekers, I think you'll like this one, too.
Catharina--She would be a great author to read while stuck in bed with a cold. I think she would take you mind off aches and pains!!
Debby--She wrote quite a few books, but I'm a little afraid to try some of the others as I think they won't live up to Coming Home. This is certainly her longest book. Definitely keep an eye out for her as I think you'd like her!
Sherry--To think of all the books I'm forgotten all about! And she is a perfect comfort read. So I'll put the book back on the shelf, but not let it sink too far to the back!
Val--I think I always sound better when I'm talking about a book I loved! :) She really is a good writer--I was so absorbed in the story I never wanted to put it down. And I must check out that story collection!
Tara--I could only remember a couple of details when I started, so it was like discovering it all over again. I'll have to reread The Shell Seekers, too.
Kari--I think if the publisher repackaged the book--maybe put it in a trade size with a really nice photo of the WWII era it would sell to an even broader audience. That mass market size is a bit of a put off really. But the story is really well done if you like this period!
Stephanie--She really is a good writer, and you can tell she writes what she knows. I especially loved the descriptions of Cornwall.
Stefanie--I still have Bleak House (shorter by the way by about 100 pages) sitting waiting for me. But I breezed through this one. Go figure. This one, I couldn't put down!
Cath--It is wonderful! I hope you get a chance to read it!

Sarah

I LOVE everything by Rosamunde Pilcher, esp. September. I think of her as the British version of Maeve Binchy.

JaneGS

>Reading such a sprawling story is really an investment of time and effort and at the end I very much felt a satisfying payback.

Oh yes! I love sprawling stories that leave you warm and happy that you spent the time you did with them. Great review--I'm homesick for a good Pilcher read. Shell Seekers here I come, then Coming Home, again :)

Danielle

Sarah--She's really very good, isn't she? I have September to read sometime this fall. I think of her as being similar to Maeve Binchy as well--another author I've not read for years!

Danielle

JaneGS--I'll have to reread Shell Seekers as well. It's nice to have an author like this to fall back on. I know her books will be good, filled with drama and maybe parts of it sad, but ultimately it will be a happy read!

Samantha

You've hit a nerve here Danielle which makes me think that I will add this to my bookdepository wishlist right away. I have been really wanting a good WWII page turner for some time and haven't read Pilcher before - may be a good place to start!

Danielle

Samantha--I love this book and think its an excellent start with her work. I also liked Shell Seekers, but this is my favorite. I love the WWII setting as well.

Nan

I felt like I wrote this--my own feels so eloquently expressed. Pilcher is 3 years younger than my mother would have been and Judith is the same age. Although American, I kind of felt it was an insight into my mother I did not get to have. One of my all time favorites I like to re-visit every now and then.

Danielle

One of my favorites, too. I was just thinking today how much I would enjoy picking it up again now--I have read it twice do far. Sounds like you have some lovely memories of your own family, which is really cool. I should try some of her other books (I read the Shell Seekers, too, which I thought very good), as well.

Sharon

I read this ages ago and absolutely loved it. For some reason, the character, Loveday Carey-Lewis' name popped into my head recently. I couldn't remember the title of the book, I just had a strong recollection of reading a book with this character in it and loving it. I asked a friend (who had lent me her copy of it to read so long ago) if she remembered the book and she did. I just ordered a copy of it and can't wait to get it and enjoy every minute or rereading it over the summer.

You have a lovely blog!

Danielle

Hi Sharon, thanks so much for the comment and for the kind words! This is one of my absolute favorite books. I have read it a couple of times and it is probably about time for another read. I have never seen the movie adaptation as I am afraid it would not live up to the book, but the novel is really lovely and the characters are wonderful. It is a good summer read, isn't it? Enjoy!

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